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Old Jun 20, 2012, 8:24 PM   #11
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Finally got a decent snapshot of one of my favorite Salamanders on a recent Rocky Fork trip. Depending upon which scientist you ask, there are somewhere near a dozen different species of Slimy Salamanders. But you can only tell them apart by genetic analysis! It might be more accurate to call them "gluey salamanders!" They excrete a VERY STICKY slime when bothered, slime that takes many washings to remover from your hands.
Like the Yonahlossee, Slimy Salamanders are lungless - they absorb oxygen through their skin! So you can probably guess that these critters only thrive in very clean, healthy forests.

Here are a few snapshots of a very cooperative Slimy:
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 8:26 PM   #12
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Have been down plenty more mountain trails, and will share more photos as time permits (summer is getting very busy in the home park these days!)

Hope you enjoyed these high-country hikes, and that you will share your comments & critique.
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Old Jun 21, 2012, 9:33 AM   #13
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I like the series Mole, the colors are great as are the waterfalls

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Daughter loves the salamanders ! Not so many 'winged beastes' for me though
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Interesting about the salamanders, but I really like your waterfalls. These came out very nicely, probably prefer the last two by a hair, more of an unusual angle.
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Thanks for taking me on your ramble. As always outstanding nature photography in all the shots.

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Old Jun 25, 2012, 9:00 PM   #17
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Hans - So glad you enjoyed these!

Kevin - Glad to hear that your daughter enjoyed the "slippery characters." Will try to find some time to post some more wings for you soon...

Harriet - Thanks for the helpful feedback. Funny that I've never tried that waterfall from that angle before, even though we've visited dozens of times.

Lou - Thanks so much!
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